Isn’t it a bit crazy for you and me to base our lives in the twenty-first century on the words of a man from the first century? After all, aren’t some of the Bible’s teachings simply archaic?
Are we really supposed to take literally everything that Jesus said? Haven’t we experienced cultural developments and discovered scientific advancements since the days in which Jesus lived?
How do we we know that what Jesus taught two thousand years ago is still true today?
This is where we realize that the authority of Jesus’ words is tied to the actuality of Jesus’ resurrection.
Think about it. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then ultimately we don’t have to worry about a thing he said. He would be just like every other religious teacher in the world, teaching truths and imparting opinions for how to have a better life.
In fact, he would actually be far worse than other religious teachers because he promised that he would rise from the dead and then didn’t.
If Jesus wasn’t resurrected, then all of Christianity is a hoax and Christians are the most pitiably stupid people on the planet. And if that’s the case, then we are free to pick and choose whatever we want to take from Jesus that might be helpful to us.
But if Jesus did rise from the dead, if he did do what no one else in all of history has ever done or will ever do–conquer death–then we can’t just accept what Jesus said.
We must orient our entire lives around what Jesus said.
(Excerpt taken from Follow Me by David Platt, pg. 79)“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
-1 Cor 15:54-57